It was the final week to view Kris Kuksi‘s ‘Revival’ and Riusuke Fukahori’s ‘The Painted Breath’ at Joshua Liner Gallery in NYC, and I had finally made my way down to the gallery to see these incredible works of art in person. Better late than never, as they say.
I had previously seen Kuksi’s ‘Triumph’ at Joshua Liner’s former space almost two years prior, and knew I couldn’t miss seeing this new body of work. I had also seen several things written about Fukahori’s work and the process in which he patiently creates his three-dimensional looking paintings of goldfish; and I became even more psyched to see this show. Both artists’ processes in creating their art are equally fascinating and both very different.
Kuksi is an avid collector of models, toys, figurines, and other ornate oddities. He takes these found objects and intricately assembles them into scenes which are both beautiful and grotesque all at once. In most of his work, he starts with a geometric form and then adds layers upon layers of different elements – orchestrating them into a chaotic entanglement of plaster, plastic, and god knows what else. Customizing nearly every piece that is glued into place – I can only imagine how long some of these might take to accomplish. The totality of each piece draws on both the beauty of Renaissance sculpture and the detail of ornate Gothic and Rococo architecture. Kuksi’s work touches on many qualities of the human condition: violence, war, religion, self-destruction, evolution, sex, chaos, pride, tranquility, and toilet humor – there’s really something for everyone. While the overall imagery in most of his work appears macabre and post-apocalyptic, you can often times find hidden humorous elements peppered amongst the ruins and landscapes; which I think really shows Kris is having fun and loves what he is creating.
Further down the gallery walls, a giant canvas with a bright orange goldfish painted on it welcomes us to the back half of Liner’s exhibition. Stepping into this half of the gallery, I imagine Riusuke Fukahori to have the patience of a Buddhist monk. He uses layers of resin and paint to build up an image and give it a three-dimensional appearance. When I first saw his work online, I thought they were photos of goldfish… and then I read on. After a layer of resin is dried, he paints a portion of the fish, and repeats this several times until the fish look good enough to eat. Resin is poured… underfins are painted… more resin… body and head appear… resin… more body details appear… resin… scales are added… you get the idea. This whole process can take him months to complete a relatively small piece. By the time he is finished, you would swear you’re looking at a real-live-fish in water.
The photos I’m sharing here can only give you a keyhole perspective of the works presented in this show. From them, you can get the idea, but all these need to be seen in person to really do them justice. When you examine these from all angles in physical space, you will be left in amazement and soon be skeptical of what is real.
Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, CA opened its newest group show last weekend, Conjoined IV: A New Beginning curated by Chet Zar. The Conjoined series of exhibitions have all been incredible, and this fourth installment of dimensional artwork continues that tradition of blowing the minds of anyone who come upon it. It features Classic sculptures, Lifelike & Life sized models, Surreal assemblages, mixed media paintings, Art Toys and other oddities. Looking through other site’s photos of opening night, this show looks like it’s one that NEEDS to be seen in person to gain the full appreciation of the work. Go check it out if you’re in Cali; but if you’re not, you can look at the online preview here.
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Currently on it’s final day on view @ Spoke Art Gallery, the third annual Supersonic Electronic group show features work from some of my personal favorites: Aaron Nagel, Jason Edmiston, Tom Bagshaw, Zoltron, Erik Jones, as well as 36 other talented artists. It’s a very cool thing when you explore an exhibition because of artists you’re familiar with, and then you stumble across a bunch of other really great artists you had not been familiar with previously. Seamus Conley, Cam Floyd, Alessandra Maria, and Joao Ruas all fall into this category for me. All of the works in the show were interesting, but their works really grabbed me. Thank you Gods of Syncronicity!
Tonight, Last Rites Gallery opens the doors of its brand new location for the reception of Tarot Under Oath – guest curated by Aunia Kahn. Aunia previously curated the LowBrow Tarot show at La Luz De Jesus in LA – which was incredible – so I’ve been looking forward to seeing what kind of new interpretations these artists will bring to the Major Arcana of the Tarot. The show has a good mix of talented artists, who all bring a different style and approach to their depictions of the Tarot.
Artists include: Lori Field, Julie Zarate, Aunia Kahn, Tom Bagshaw, Vincent Castiglia, Jasmine Worth, Dilka Bear, Jeremy Hush, J.A.W. Cooper, Bec Winnel, Melissa Hartley, Craww, Jared Joslin, Gustavo Rimada, Ransom & Mitchell, Scott Scheidly, Brian Despain, Jason Levesque, Tatiana Suarez, N.C. Winters, Sarah Joncas and Lara Dann. The exhibition will coincide with the release of a companion art book of the same title, featuring the artwork, artist statements and more.
Last Rites has always been one of my favorite exhibition spaces to see art in NYC, and I can’t wait to see what the new location on W. 38th ST looks like. You can check out the online preview of the show here, but if you’re in the NYC area you can view this amazing show in person from Jan. 25th – March 1st.
In the spirit of the season, we decided to put together a collection of some of our favorite images to pay tribute to the Horror Gods. So, step right up and and feast your eyes upon some of the most diabolical creations ever to materialize on the interweb in our Creepshow Collection.
First, We would like to take this time to thank all of the amazing artists who submitted artwork to this year’s show. Without you, this website would be a dark, lonely, empty void; so, thank you for sharing your dark vision and artwork with the underworld of the interweb and kicking off this celebration of the horror genre with us!
Secondly, Thank you to anyone out there who has stumbled upon this gallery, enjoyed any of it’s contents, and caught on to the Madness. You keep the art world alive, and your appreciation means everything to us. Thanks for all the support!
Without further delay, It is our pleasure to present to you
the OFFICIAL REAPER MADNESS 2012 Gallery!
Follow the link above to check out the haunting artwork in our gallery, and find out more about all of the artists featured here.
Again, thank you all for the support, and be sure to follow this blog for all our artists’ latest happenings, and everything horror related!
Reaper Madness welcomes Joe Keinberger!
Born in New York in 1974, Joe moved to Massachusetts where he grew up in the one and a half horse town of Hingham, before moving to Boston to attend Mass Art. He now lives in Somerville where he paints and illustrates out of his hidden studio deep below the earth’s crust.
Joe will feature this piece entitled “Astaroth” along with others in the gallery this year.
You can see more of Joe’s work over at his website.
Reaper Madness welcomes Jessi Hardesty!
Jessi Hardesty is a smallish, bat-loving printmaker with a penchant for burgers, Nintendo, and all things spooky. Hailing originally from just south of the Mason-Dixon line, she moved north and got her undergraduate degree in Printmaking from Salem State University in the infamous Witch City. She is currently attending the master’s program at Cranbrook Academy of Art in metro Detroit, where she is carving wood, playing with bones, throwing paint around, drinking too much coffee, and generally bringing the ruckus.
Jessi will feature this HUGE 2′ x 4′ woodcut print in this year’s gallery.
Reaper Madness welcomes Jacob Santa-Cruz!
Jacob Santa-Cruz is The Illustrating Man. Born in Salem and raised in Lynn Massachusetts, Jacob consumed a steady diet of Saturday morning cartoons, comic books, anime, and fine art consistently for the past few decades. The result of this influential cocktail is a man living to draw lines and cross them. The Illustrating Man exists to lead you along his inked path of creation. Where will it end?
You can find “the Local” and more of Jacob’s stuff over at his blog.
Reaper Madness welcomes Haig Demarjian!
Haig Demarjian spent about 10 good years dumping buckets of blood sweat and tears into the legendary serial-killer superhero shock’n’roll extravaganza DIE YOU ZOMBIE BASTARDS! By day, he is a highly-trained artist/printmaker who (mostly) behaves himself as a professor of Art + Design at Salem State University in the infamous witch city of Salem, Massachusetts. By night, his work in the studio gives rise to all manner of demons and phantoms. And Super Inga. He lives with his wife and three children at the end of a dead-end street next to a haunted house.
Visit his virtual headquarters at www.artofhaig.com
and check out the cute cashiers at SuperIngaMarket.bigcartel.com
Haig will feature this mixed media gem entitled “Poelzig” – along with more.
Henchman to the Reaper and co-curator of Reaper Madness, Chris will be featuring his piece, “Piggy in a Blanket” along with other work in this year’s show.
Christopher Ferrino is a practicing mixed media artist from Massachusetts. Chris’ art has been featured on two consecutive album covers for the band Jukebox the Ghost and has shown in multiple galleries.
He enjoys horror movies, comics, and coffee. He currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida….. it’s far too sunny for his liking.
Check out Chris’ facebook page, and like the hell out of him.
With less than 3 weeks until Halloween, we’re gearing up and counting the days until the opening of our virtual gallery doors.
We’ve been receiving some really incredible artwork and can’t wait to share the madness with you!
To commemorate the event, artist Ronnie Demetrio is exclusively unleashing this beast of a piece entitled, “XIII”
We’re still counting 10 more days until we close the window for gallery submissions. So, if you’re interested in being a part of this year’s madness, check out the Submission page and see how you can JOIN US!
Keep it creepy, you savage freaks!
We’d like to welcome Brian Ardolino to Reaper Madness!
Brian is an artist currently inhabiting Witch City – Salem, MA.
You can find out more about Brian here.
The right-hand of the Reaper, and co-curator of Reaper Madness, Ronnie Demetrio will be featuring his piece “Evil Dead” for this year’s show.
He currently inhabits the Palisade Cliffs overlooking New York City where he practices the dark arts.
You can find out more about Ronnie on his blog here.